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The backyard cricket rules are pretty simple in this apartment complex in Bruce between roommates Connor Brown, Edison Marshall and David Kusetic. Six and out (default). Electric wicketkeeper (also pretty standard). On the road, it is full outside, just as it hits the rear fences fully. “It really is, and you swing a little to the hills,” Brown said. “The trash can that we all take our trash cans down to is encased in a wall. So we sat up behind that brick wall there and use it as your electrical keeper.” You look out into a little space there. You have houses and things in front, so if you catch one, you’ll probably land one in the backyard of someone else. “There are a few trees around, but it’s a pretty open area. It’s a nice little area for cricket, and it’s pretty good when you get enough mates around to fill the spots.” The trio, who have lived together in Bruce for about a year and have traded with the Western District over the summer, joined thousands of enthusiasts across Canberra and NSW on Saturday in the Biggest Game of Backyard Cricket. MORE CANBERRA SPORT It was a celebration of easing COVID restrictions approaching, and the announcement from Cricket ACT on Friday that local competition would resume the first weekend in November. Brown is originally from Lithgow but moved to Canberra to become a university and has settled in the capital after joining the Wests. Marshall and Kusetic and both locals, and like dozens of cricketers across the ACT, the trio have been limited to limited training this pre-season. But now it’s about blowing out the cobwebs before West’s training resumes later this month. “We’ll probably start in a week and a half or so,” Brown said. “When this lockdown ends, we’ll probably get back to normal training. It’s been pretty good that we can get out in groups of people a few of us have been able to run around.” We go back to normal training then and go from there. “Canberrans is set to come out of the lockdown on October 15, after which changed team training can begin, while the ACT government has cleared the way for community sports to resume the last weekend in October.” It’s not necessarily a sport where we can go from zero to a hundred with nothing in between, I definitely encourage people to get out there and move their arm, “said Cricket ACT boss Olivia Thornton. We certainly will not see that increase in soft tissue damage. “


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